“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so,
because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you have
for each other is increasing.”
2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)
Paul writes to the Thessalonians about their growth in their faith. He realizes he and his ministry group should thank God for the growth of faith in the church at Thessaloniki Because Paul could see their faith as it grew, their love for one another deepened.
One of our local pastors has said the best way to get to know other people is to work on a project with them. I decided several years ago that a friendship grows deeper when people pray with one another. I felt closer to a certain lady after we prayed and cried at the altar.
When we read the writings of Paul, we have several thoughts come to us.
He learned to love the Lord.
He spent time spreading God’s word.
He encouraged the believers in the churches he established.
He came to realize the Christ was the most important person in His life.
We, as God’s children, would do well if we applied these goals to our hearts. Please help us, Lord, to live for You.